Jenn's Bookish Ramblings

Ramblings, some bookish, others not, of a book-obsessed mom of two! Visit my to learn more about me and my bookish tastes!

Traditional dinner of pizza rolls has been served. The boys are off in their respective rooms, entertaining themselves quietly. Finally, some quality reading time!

Progress so far:

Currently reading: Starting Lock In by John Scalzi
Books finished: Sanctum by Madeleine Roux, A Vision of Fire
Pages read since last update: 304
Running total of pages read: 647

With my in-laws in town this weekend, I opted to start my readathon this afternoon. So, once we dropped them off at the train station, my reading time began. Or so I thought.

We came home to find our standing freezer door was open. All weekend. I’m hoping we can salvage some of the stuff inside. Since it had thawed, we found water all over the floor. Moping first, reading next.

I read for about an hour. Teen son went to a birthday party. Nine-year-old son wanted to learn how to ride the “big” bike he “inherited” from his older brother. I couldn’t resist the one-on-one time, so off we went.

An hour later, slightly bruised, we came in only to leave to pick up the dog from boarding. Now, I’m back in my chair, reading, until the teen son calls to say he’s ready to be picked up.

In all this, I did manage to get one book read:

Progress so far:

Currently reading: Starting A Vision of Fire by Gillian Anderson
Books finished: Sanctum by Madeleine Roux
Pages read: 343
Running total of pages read: 343

Yesterday, I received my 5th Stitchfix. I don’t know what it was, but opening it this time just wasn’t as exciting as it’s been in the past. I think my problem is that I know it’s rare that I find something in each fix that I both enjoy and can afford. This one is similar:

ZAD #1762-243Mollie Beaded Drop Earrings — $32.00

These are just okay. Not really wowed or anything.

Verdict: Sending back

41HAWTHORN #1817-825Ashland Chevron Print Dress — $78.00

Loved this dress. I’m a big fan of chevron. Alas, I knew the moment I took it out of the box it wouldn’t fit. I was right.

Verdict: Sending back

41HAWTHORN #1493-191Bell Chevron Textured Tie-Neck Blouse — $68.00

I loved this top. The blue really brings out the color in my eyes. There is a subtle chevron pattern to it as well which I really liked. The quality of the top is okay, but I don’t know if it’s worth $68.

Verdict: Undecided

41HAWTHORN #1158-800Selfridge Cowl Neck Long Sleeve Top — $48.00

I tell you, the people at Stitchfix really want me to wear coral! I certainly don’t have anything like this top. I’ still trying to figure out what I have that will go with it or if I’ll keep it. The fact that it’s the only thing in this fix that I both like and can afford is slightly troubling.

Verdict: Undecided

Augustina Lace Back Open Cardigan — $68.00

This one says it’s a kelly green, but it’s really more of an evergreen. Also, the sizing is off, definitely not true to size. The arms fit great, but the cardigan itself doesn’t fit around my hips. Frustrating.

Verdict: Sending back

At this point in time, I think it’s fair to assume I’ve experienced far more hits than misses. I’m only keeping things because I don’t want to forfeit my styling credit. I think I just need to do my own shopping (which I have no problem with) or wait for a service that has clothing items I’m drawn to and prices that don’t stretch my budget.

Hell is the absence of people you long for.
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
No more internet. No more social media, no more scrolling through litanies of dreams and nervous hopes and photographs of lunches, cries for help and expressions of contentment and relationship-status updates with heart icons whole or broken, plans to meet up later, pleas, complaints, desires, pictures of babies dressed as bears or peppers for Halloween. No more reading and commenting on the lives of others, and in doing so, feeling slightly less alone in the room. No more avatars.
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

It was like Christmas today!!

Top picture: purchases from One More Page Books. I also bought a handful of books for the boys as Back to School gifts, but they absconded with them before i could photograph!

Middle left: ARCs from #BooktopiaAVL
Middle right: More ARCs and book purchases from #booktopiaAVL

Bottom: Titles for review consideration

Today I received my fourth Stitchfix. I ended up returning all the items from the last fix. I just couldn’t spend $68 on one blouse. Stitchfix heard my concerns and send me another fix for free, with more items within my budget. Overall, I’m very pleased with what they sent me:


When I peeked at what I was getting I was excited to see another chevron blouse. While I don’t love this as much as the other one (curse me for sending it back) it’s certainly different than anything I currently have. The second is a close up of the pattern so you can see all the colors.


I love love love this top! It came with a white tank to wear under it. This is definitely a keeper! You can dress it up or down. I can wear it with a pair of jeans or a pair of work pants & a cardigan.


Stitchfix really wants me to wear coral! I love me a cardigan, but I already have one in this color so this one is going back. I think they sent it along to wear with the the next item…


While I love the pattern, maxi skirts aren’t very flattering on my body type. This one’s going back.


I’m a sucker for jewelry. This is a really beautiful piece. The $42 price has me a little wary, but I may just go ahead and get it because I like it so much.

So, overall I’m happy with this fix. I do plan on scheduling another to arrive in six weeks or so. While I don’t need a personal shopper, I do like the idea of adding a few unique items to my wardrobe every once in a while!

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Today, I received my third #stitchfix since rejoining (my 6th in total). As with each fix, they are getting closer and closer to my typical style. Following is a breakdown of what I received:

Boregard Wavy Chevron Front Pocket Blouse

I am a sucker for chevron prints. This one fit well and was very flattering. At $68, though, it’s kind of pushing how much I would pay for a blouse. I’m still contemplating this one.

Muriel Cowl Neck Sheath Dress

I loved this as soon as I saw it, but once I pulled it out of the box, I knew it wasn’t going to work for me. I’m big in the hips and this just wasn’t going to work. I felt better when I saw the price: $78. Sending this one back.

Alan French Terry Asymmetrical Zip Cardigan

I love the way this one felt. I certainly don’t have anything like it. However, I noticed the zipper was wonky; it took quite a bit of effort to get it to zip despite the fact it fit me well. At $68, this one is going back, too.

Malin Bootcut Jean

Stitchfix really wants to see me in a pair of jeans! I own about two pair, mostly because I’m not really a blue jean kind of girl. Also, the legs are thin cut. Not going to work for me. At $98, I don’t regret sending these back.

Sofia Hammered Square Collar Necklace

I do love me some jewelry. This is more in my price range at $32. I’m going to try it on with a few tops to confirm, but it’s likely I’m going to keep this one!

If I keep the blouse and the necklace, minus the styling credit, my total comes to $80 even. Worth it for a blouse & necklace?

Overall, I’m still a huge fan of #Stitchfix. Interested in joining? Use my referral link and I’ll get a credit!

Well, no vampire ever knocked up a girl on Buffy. Not even Spike. And God knows he never practiced safe sex!
The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness

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